On this, the last day of 2015, we're taking a look back at our most popular posts of 2015 according to our stats. (This does not include contest posts.) So sit back, grab some champagne (or whatever you're enjoying today!) and take a look at Operation Awesome's Best of 2015 List!
10. Major Rewrites: Revising in Layers or Moving Mountains, One Stone at a Time, Part 1 by Melinda Friesen
Posted Sept 14, 2015
In this part of our new writing series, Melissa takes us through her step-by-step process of how to rework a piece of fiction when you know it needs some major work.
Check out the rest of our writing series here:
- Prewriting: Getting into Character
- Prewriting: Making a Roadmap
- First Draft: A Process of Evolution
- First Draft: Maximizing Productivity
- First Draft: Camp NaNoWriMo
- First Revision: Cooling Periods & Paper
- Major Rewrites
- Major Rewrites: Revising in Layers
- Major Rewrites: Guest Post by Terra Luft
- Editing & Polishing: Time to Add Some Ellipses
- Editing & Polishing: 5 Steps to Fresh-Eyed Editing
- Querying: Four Great Query Resources
- Querying: How To Find Your Best-Fit Agents
- Querying: How Many Queries Should I Send?
- Revise & Resubmit: What Really Happens Then
9. Urban Fantasy Resources by Angelica R. Jackson
Posted January 5, 2015
Angelica shares with us some thoughts on the genre of urban fantasy -- what it entails, what books are great examples, and how opinions on it may vary. She gives us some insight into how UF crosses over into other genres such as steampunk, magic realism, and paranormal.
8. Guest Post: Why Every Fiction Writer Should Be Writing Short Fiction by Terra Luft
Posted September 16, 2015
Speculative Fiction writer Terra Luft weighs in on whether or not it's worth a writer's time to write short stories (spoiler: it is!)
Check out some of Terra's short fiction:
"Reflection" available in Secrets and Doors: Stories by the Secret Door Society
"Fly on the Wall" coming soon in Ind'Spiration Digest
7. 2015 Writing Goal Tracking Sheet by Abby Annis
Posted January 10, 2015
If you're looking for a way to track your writing progress through the year, jump back to almost a full year ago and download Abby's handy, color-coded spreadsheet! You should simply be able to change the date on these to start fresh for 2016!
Posted September 4, 2015
As part of her Guarding Angel blog tour, our very own Samantha Saboviec first posted on Operation Awesome as a guest, describing how she uses character relationships in her series to demonstrate growth within the characters themselves.
Keep your eye out for her second book in this series coming in February!
Posted September 4, 2015
This year, Operation Awesome underwent some major changes. We said goodbye to a number of our former bloggers as they moved on and said hello to some new contributors who are excited to bring our readers their new thoughts, ideas, and experiences.
Among those who moved on:
4. Interior Design for Book Nerds by Angelica R. Jackson
Posted March 16, 2015
Angelica helps us dive into her book Crow's Rest, specifically in looking at the gorgeous interior design and how it adds to the ambiance and feel of the story.
Doesn't it just make you want to hold a copy in your hands?
Crow's Rest is now available! Check out Angelica's page HERE for info on where to purchase it.
3. Guest Post: Self-Publishing for Author/Illustrators by Taryn Skipper
Posted September 3, 2015
Children's book author/illustrator Taryn Skipper weighs out some of the pros and cons of trade publication vs self-publishing when it comes to picture books, and how she came to her decision to self-publish.
Want to check out Taryn's books or other illustrations (the dinosaurs are my favorite!)? More info is available on her webpage: http://skipperbooks.com/
2. Weaving a Tapestry of Page-Turning Story by Samantha Saboviec
Posted September 11, 2015
Samantha urges us all to pull out our highlighter stash and take a good, hard look at the balance of our action, dialogue, backstory/exposition, and description over the first pages of our novel. Not only is it colorful and fun, but it's a great way to visually assess where your first pages may be losing readers.
And... our #1 blog post of the year...
1. Guest Post: Publishing Myths: "You Need an *In* to Get In" by Jason Sizemore
Posted July 30, 2015
Apex editor Jason Sizemore wrote for us an excellent post about one of the myth surrounding publishing -- the belief that you have to know people in the industry in order to become a published author.
He also shared with us a bit about his new nonfiction book, For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher, which can be purchased at www.ApexBookCompany.com